The Magic of Mom Friends & Chicken Noodle Soup

Yesterday morning I had my wisdom teeth removed and it was a very long day to say the least. One of the things that made the day easier was the swarm of people who offered to help in several different ways, whether it was offering to entertain J for the day or bringing by smoothies and ice cream. These offers came in from my amazing group of mom friends, and I feel so blessed to have these ladies in my life. When I relocated to Dallas I never imagined that I would have such a strong support system. I forced myself to join this mom group to help motivate myself to get out of the house. We had just moved to Dallas and Little J was only 4 months old, two days in, with boxes still in my living room, I overcame my fear and walked into my first mom meet up. Best decision I ever made.

Because none of us grew up here, we know what it’s like to know no one and feel alone. We know the panic that sets in when you need to schedule an appointment but your husband can’t take off work or even the fear of planning what will happen if your water breaks with your second child and your family hasn’t flown in yet or simply needing to run several errands and wishing you didn’t need to drag your toddler along. Without really even trying we pull together whenever one of us needs some help. I am so thankful that Little J had a distraction yesterday and I was able to be entertained while I was at the dentist. So, my advice is, if you are a new momma, find your group of mom friends. Believe me, trust me, you will need them!

Which brings me to my next topic: Earlier this week, we banded together again and each made a meal for a friend. I spent a few days debating what I could bring, each recipe more complicated than the next but then I simplified it and thought: Soup! To me, soup is medicinal. Even on the worst day, sitting down to a big bowl of soup can help calm the nerves. The warmth of the broth can heat up even the chilliest nights. I absolutely cannot get enough (which, is coming in handy after having my wisdom teeth removed.)

Now, I know most people already have a Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, there can be several variations and most are very easy but up until a few years ago, I didn’t have one. Actually, I had no idea how to make soup at all or anything really. My Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is ridiculously easy, I do not make my own broth and I do not roast my own chicken, this meal can literally be made in 20 minutes. A perfect last minute dinner decision, done in no time at all!

 

5 simple ingredients plus S & P. Yes, I use store bought broth and rotisserie chicken. The additional flavors from the cooked chicken are a wonderful additional to the soup!

6 simple ingredients plus S & P. Yes, I use store bought broth and rotisserie chicken. The additional flavors from the cooked chicken are a wonderful additional to the soup!

 

Prep your ingredients: Thinly dice the carrots and celery and mince the onion

Prep your ingredients: Thinly dice the carrots and celery and mince the onion

 

Dice up your chicken into small bite size pieces!

Dice up your chicken into small bite size pieces!

 

Add the olive oil, minced onion and garlic to a medium sized sauce pan and let it sizzle!

Add the olive oil, minced onion and garlic to a medium sized sauce pan and let it sizzle!

 

Add in the carrots, celery, pepper and salt. I love cooking these veggies slightly before adding in the chicken broth. It really adds to the flavor!

Add in the carrots, celery, basil, pepper and salt. I love cooking these veggies slightly before adding in the chicken broth. It really adds to the flavor!

 

Pour in the chicken broth! My husband makes a wonderful homemade broth but this isn't his recipe so Swanson it is!

Pour in the chicken broth! My husband makes a wonderful homemade broth but this isn’t his recipe so Swanson it is!

 

Dice/Shred up the chicken and throw it in. I left a small amount of the skin on to (once again) add to the flavor!

Once the broth is boiling, throw in the chicken

 

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Once the carrots and celery have softened a bit, throw in your noodles and simmer until noodles are at desired consistency.

 

Finished! Now, if you are making this for yourself, grab a big bowl and start ladling !

Finished! Now, if you are making this for yourself, grab a big bowl and start ladling !

 

Simply wonderful!

Simply wonderful!

 

 

 

DSBG’s Easy Peasy Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of garlic (or 3 mashed cloves)
  • Two carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken ( I use a store bought rotisserie)
  • 1 cup of egg noodles
  • Additional S & P to taste

 

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan. Add in the minced onion and garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add in the carrots, celery, dried basil, salt and pepper and stir. Turn the heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend well.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and shredded chicken and bring to a boil
  • Once the carrots and celery have softened, pour in the noodles
  • Once the noodles are done, so are you!
  • Pour into a bowl and enjoy

 

Other simple variations?

  • Throw in some diced potatoes! You will need to boil them more in the broth to ensure they are done.
  • Make dumplings to put on top.
  • Use rice instead of noodles

 

I absolutely love this recipe! It’s simple and delicious! Feel like giving this a go? Come back and let me know! (rhyming…)

 

E

 

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